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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Faces a host of problems Woman mayor sincere By ED WALTERS ST. Nfld. Dorothy Wyatt says she iclieves she was elected the irst woman mayor of this ildest North American city because many felt she understood heir problems. name the street and '11 tell you where the are I'll tell you he names of the people she said in an nterview. She learned many of the jroblems and the names luring her four years as the irst woman member of the St. John's municipal council. Mrs. Wyatt sees the nayor's job as an opportunity o do something about the Droblems. She began working 16 hours more a day after being in as mayor Jan. yet says she still finds time to spend with her Dr Donald and two jhildren. doing this job full time it's never been done lull she said of the a year post. PROBLEMS MANY Mrs Wyatt faces a host of ranging from lack 3f housing to the difficulties qf guiding downtown redevelopment while struggling with a tax system she dislikes. Many of the streets leading uphill from the St. John's waterfront are lined with brightly painted wooden houses which provide colorful backdrops for tourists' cameras But some of the back streets and alleys screened by the ship's dory buff and ochre red buildings are lined with sagging slums. have the highest occupancy and lowest availability of houses in Mrs. Wyatt said. 'Which means there is no choice people who live in deteriorated housing move irom dive to still have families who have water delivered and sewage picked up Her council plans to eliminate the few remaining night soil routes as quickly as possible. taxation is stunned.'' she said in relerence to the St. John's system of assessing property tax on the appraised rental value. Stunned is a Newloundland expression usually taken to mean dim witted or clumsy. FAVORS INCOME TAX Mrs. Wyatt favors a municipal income tax among other would ease the burden on retired workers or those on fixed incomes. Yet property taxes are not high by mainland Canadian standards. Most new bungalows or two storey are taxed between and annually. The tax rate might be higher if the city had to pay for police and fire protection. Both the Newfoundland which polices St. and the city's fire department are provincial forces. Costs of both are paid by the provincial government although the city pays a token annually for the fire department. Mrs. Wyatt said the city loses revenue from traffic fines and parking meter income which goes to the government. Despite the day to day pressure of work Mrs. Wyatt said she has no intention of removing her hand from the city's pulse. keeping in touch I know what's going on in the community people are going to be able to continue to get WORKS LONG HOURS Although availability to the public means long Mrs. Wyatt said she is prepared to accept inconvenience. don't go to bed until about two or I never did. my thinking time. am obbsessed with work but I can relax completely I go home from city hall I close the door that's it Mrs. Wyatt was first elected to city hall in 1969. Her election slogan at the time was Wyatt won't be quiet Many times during the following four years she found herself opposed to then mayor W G. Adams and the other seven councillors. She was frequently heard and still is on radio open line programs There were times when her views brought criticism from the mayor and other councillors. as last November's municipal election she announced she would run for mayor. Mrs. Wyatt said she figured she had the qualifications Controversy rages NEW YORK One year and an estimated abortions the controversy still rages over the United States Supreme Court decision that struck down most laws prohibiting abortions. Anti-abortion groups are pressing for a constitutional amendment that would nullify the decision. In 10 they have succeeded in obtaining laws that limit the circum- stances under which abortions may be performed. are considerably worried about these anti- abortion Lawrence chairman of the National Abortion Rights Action said in an. interview. hard for people to real- ize that it is possible for a Su- preme Court decision to be overthrown. Many politicians BINGO May 27 Jackpot in 58 nos. ALARM 11-GoM Pay Door Cards Other Regular or 5 lor 13th St. and 6th Ave. N. No children under 16 allowed. are on our side but are worried about losing that hard-core conservative The court issued a year ago said that state laws prohibiting abortion in the first three months of pregnancy were unconstitutional. Abortions after the first three months were declared legal but subject to state regulation. At the an estimated one million women a year had been undergoing illegal abortions in often under conditions that endangered their health. In the year the Population Council estimates that women have had abortions un- der supervised medical care in hospitals and clinics. Opposition to the abortion decision is spearheaded by the National Right to Life Com- mittee and its several hundred affiliates throughout the U.S. The national committee is planning to spend more than million in 1974. Lader says his the largest pro-abortion organ- will be lucky to raise in the next six months. Right to Life groups are supporting a constitutional amendment sponsored by Senator James Buckley Cons. and now pending before a Senate subcommittee. PUBLIC BINQO Until LETHBRIDGE ELKS LODGE ROOM EVERY.THURS.-8 p.m. UKRAINIAN GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH BINQO May 28th p.m. EAGLES HALL 13th St. Jackpot In 54 numbers and one No. wMkly MiniJickpot- TopindbottomLlMi 150illi27Jpt.j0 Increases SS and No. MCh weeK DOOR PRIZE-FREE card 5 carda four years of trying to help people with backed by a career as a registered nurse and holder of three bachelor's degrees. The earned in six years at Memorial University of St. John's are in arts and education. She said it did not seem she was able to do much as a councillor. opportunity to make changes was in the mayor's About persons volunteered to help her in the campaign against Mr. and another contestant. people who had never worked for a candidate so this was the tremendous kind of force where people wanted a different kind of leadership at city Not only were the campaign workers all volunteers but about 65 per cent were she said. While the other mayoralty candidates placed and other advertisements Mrs. Wyatt's campaigners went from door to door. She figures now the campaign cost her between and while her opponents may have spent up to The fact that she was a woman had nothing to do with her victory in the mayoralty Mrs. Wyatt said. Hello there see just who am I shaking a paw might be what two-year- old Travis is saying as he shakes with an English Sheep dog. Actually the two are pals because they both belong to Mr. and Mrs. Marstan Wool- ings of Ont. Mood changes in chronic care wards Ont. Putting a patient's name on his door in a chronic care ward can change it to a place of recovery and hope from one of isolation and despair. Adding a fish tank and a budgie to the patients' day room helps transform the atmosphere. So does changing the day room into a dining area at lunchtime so patients can eat at tables and listen to recorded music while they eat. But Margaret new unit co ordinator of chronic care at Belleville General has not stopped there in her efforts to change the mood of the ward. With the help of the hospital auxiliary and Mrs. Cooke is giving the female patients cotton dresses and male patients new pyjamas and dressing gowns. can you feel dignified or worthy in a hospital she asked. Bingo monthly weekly sing songs and shampoos and manicures for the women every Friday complete the mood change. Mrs. Cooke said it has been too easy for relatives of ailing elderly people to them in chronic care wards feel if patients are relatives will visit and say to 'Well. Grandma isn't as bad as we thought she was.' and maybe take her But sending patients home to their relatives is not always the said Mrs. Cooke. Sometimes there is no room or there are too many small children or it would cause great financial strain on the family. And often the patient is afraid of being a burden on the family. these the answer is a senior citizens' home or a nursing said Mrs. Cooke. they can be a little Carole head nurse of the chronic' care said the program encourages relatives to co operate in helping the patient. Ann Landers Dear Ann I was especially touched by the letter from the young woman in the Tell her not to give up hope. One day she will probably meet the right partner who will add love and great happiness to her life. It happened to our youngest son. He was stricken with polio when he was 14. It was a terrible but we had faith in God and He spared out boy. We took him to Warm and spent two years Then he went East to school. After he attended UCLA where he received his masters degree in business administration. In his second year he met the most wonderful girl in the world. She was a graduate of the University of Maine and Harvard's School of Physiotherapy. They have a beautiful family now and he is a senior partner of a fine firm. Every married couple should have such a lovely life. Ann please keep telling people that a wheelchair doesn't need to mean rejection and loneliness. THE BETTER HALF We know. Parents Dear What a I know your letter will give faith and hope to a great many people not only those in wheelchairs but to their parents and friends as well. Thank you for writing. Dear Ann Recently I received a letter and some clippings from a friend. She inadvertently enclosed a letter she had written to a man with whom she is having a torrid affair. I know the man well. 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